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Old 09-16-2012, 11:41 AM   #41
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Nope your nitrates are fine. In a perfect world they would be undetectable but below 5 is absolutely fantastic! Instant ocean reef crystals is the salt I use.. and with weekly water changes I don't have to supplement anything. I'm just wondering how your dKH got up so high and your calcium got so low, lol. IME, reef crystals tests about 420 calcium out of the box and about 10 dKH.

I would do a PWC to try bring these number into check a little bit before adding coral frags.
Roger that! Thanks for the help.
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Although I do agree with that your Alk is high, it will have no adverse affect on coral or invertebrate growth. The only thing you may notice would be a faster build up on your pumps etc.
Lab tests have shown that corals will grow faster with calc up to about the 420 range. Higher levels show no better growth.
Alk (representing carbonates) have shown faster growth even beyond 12. Higher is faster. The downside was the faster carb buildup on equipment hence the max 12 number.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #43
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How often do you guys dose calcium? I'm doing it twice a week
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:27 PM   #44
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I have a 50 gallon reef and use instant ocean salt. I have a tank full of coral that use the calcium in the water and with weekly water changes i dont have to dose calcium so i would assume you wouldnt either.
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Yeah I've got a 55 gallon with a fair amount of corals and I don't supplement. The weekly water changes pretty much replenish the levels.
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Tank is coming out good. Coraline is starting to grow and spread on my live rock and back glass
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:11 PM   #47
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Tank is coming out good. Coraline is starting to grow and spread on my live rock and back glass
Very awesome! I'm glad everything is going well!
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Any clue why my snail turned green? Really weird but cool looking
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Any clue why my snail turned green? Really weird but cool looking
The snail shells sometimes get algae on them. Once in a while you'll see another snail cleaning a snail's shell
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Yeah, my snails are cleaning each others shells all the time. What is neat is when you have snails in your tank for a long time, you can watch them grow and get covered in coraline.
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